If, like me, you’re on the hunt for some unique Christmas presents in and around Cardiff this year, then you only have to wander amongst the gorgeous Christmas Markets, the Victorian Arcades, Castle Emporium or Cardiff Market and you’ll be spoilt for choice, and that’s even before browsing online.
If you don’t know where to start and you’re looking for some giftspiration, I’ve got five suggestions for you from some wonderful independent businesses.
I could have gone on forever but I’m super busy.
You know, eating the chocolate decorations off my Christmas tree whilst watching It’s A Wonderful Life.
1.Cute and dainty sterling silver jewellery from Lushchic Jewellery
103 Bute St, Cardiff CF10 5AD
If you or someone you know is a fan of cute and quirky sterling silver jewellery, then look no further!
Lushchic Jewellery specialises in eye catching trinkets which are girly, distinctive and affordable.
I personally love the sterling silver and pearl cat ring which I think would look great on it’s own or stacked with other rings to create your own unique combination.
I was lucky enough to try out the new Winter Range with matching bracelet, earrings and necklace sets inspired by classic Victorian Christmas decorations including christmas trees, ornate baubles, snowflakes, poinsettias, ginger bread men and bells.
The heart snowflake necklace is my favourite- so detailed, pretty, dainty and sparkly- and nothing says Christmas more than swarorvski crystals.
And guess what, the kind guys at Lushchic have offered to take part in a giveaway- share my blog post on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win this little beauty, usually worth £47! Bonus points for following Lushchic on Instagram. Perfect gift for any age (if you’re not too tempted to keep them for yourself to wear to your Christmas doo that is!)
Follow the link below to enter the giveaway.
2. Sassy succulents from Secret Garden Florist
Store in Victorian indoor market selling fresh blooms for bouquets and functions, plus delivery.
St. Mary’s St, Cardiff CF10 1AU
What pinterest worthy office desk or dresser is complete without a succulent?!
Pop on in to the Secret Garden Florist located in Cardiff Market to pick up a succulent or two, or if you’re feeling super sassy…a glitter succulent! I KNOW?!
For the more traditional amongst us, they make the most beautiful Christmas wreaths and lots of other blooming gorgeous gifts.
3. A Christmas Hamper from Wally’s Deli
38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AE
One of my favourite go to places for gifts all year around but especially at Christmas time, and of many others as exemplified by the crowds that flock to this store in the beautiful Royal Arcade for their Christmas goodies.
Just stepping foot inside the store is guaranteed to give you the Christmas feels- the hustle and bustle and delicious aroma will transport you straight to an Austrian Christmas Market.
Create your own hamper choosing from a wide selection of gourmet continental foods including cold meats and salamis, cheeses, fresh bread, olives preserves, condiments, herbs and spices, chocolates and ales.
Heads up; they also have a new shop, Wally’s Liquor Cellar, which is situated in the Castle Arcade in Cardiff, as they had run out of room to display the ales, wines and spirits in the deli itself.
Or if the choice is simply to much, pick up a ready make hamper or gift set and then treat yourself to a coffee in the Kaffeehaus upstairs.
4. Homeware from Bodlon
12 Park Rd, Cardiff CF14 7BQ
Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Working Street, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1BH
With an established extensive online range under it’s belt, Bodlon opened a gift shop and cafe in Whitchurch a few years ago and now has a second home in the Old Library in the heart of the City Centre.
Bodlon are passionate about selling contemporary Welsh goods, from kitchenware to candles, cushions, pottery and other locally sourced treasures, you’ll be able to find a gift for everyone, from an under £10 secret santa challenge to beard soaps and waxes to fluffy sheep door stops.
5. Vibrant prints from Yorath Designs
So this lovely lady is based out of Swansea, but I did say in and around Cardiff right?!
From hummingbirds, to ice creams, flamingos to pineapples, cacti to rubber ducks, and more recently added to the collection, a rosy red robin, these colourful motif prints would make the perfect present.
Each print is derived from an original acrylic lovingly hand painted by the talented Helen Yorath herself; the colour motif in the centre of a crisp white frame would add a pop of colour to any wall, desktop or bookcase.
Buy one and turn any old desk in to a fresh instagrammabe workspace #deskgoals.
Where is your favourite local independent place or website to buy those special gifts?